Only one out of four ‘super-bug’ victims diagnosed in 2012

TB Health

WEB DESK – The World Health Organization (WHO) revealed that only one out four victims of dangerous super-bug out of total estimated half million were diagnosed in 2012 which means those remaining were at rick of dying.

Latest data from the World Health Organisation (WHO) says drug-resistant Tuberculous is a ‘global health security risk’ and revealed that a third of the estimated 9 million people who contract TB each year do not get the care they need.

“Earlier and faster diagnosis of all forms of TB is vital,” said WHO director general Margaret Chan as the UN health agency published new TB data on Thursday. “It improves the chances of people getting the right treatment and being cured, and it helps stop spread of drug-resistant disease.”

Lack of proper treatment has led to drug resistance spreading around the world at an alarming rate and has given rise to incurable strains of the bacterial infection – known as Multidrug-Resistant Tuberculosis (MDR-TB) which cannot be treated with any known medicines.

Last year the WHO called for MDR-TB to be recognized as a public health crisis. It says the contagious, deadly superbug form of the disease carry “grave consequences for those affected”.

Even treating regular TB is a long process. Patients need to take a cocktail of antibiotics for six months and many fail to complete the course.

This in turn has fuelled the emergence of drug-resistant TB – a man-made problem that has grown in the past decade because people sick with regular TB were either being given the wrong medicines or wrong doses or did not complete their treatment.

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Hissan Khan

Hissan Khan is currently working as the Editorial Head of Pakistan Tribe's Islamabad Office. Having work as current affairs host, news analyst and C4D expert, Hissan holds a good command over communication and development strategies.

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